Auburn Football: Scouting the Alabama Offense for the 2014 Iron Bowl

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Nov 22, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims (6) dives over Western Carolina Catamounts linebacker Christon Gill (7) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


After A.J. McCarron graduated and Jacob Coker transferred to Alabama from Florida State, everyone forgot about Blake Sims.

The senior was given practically no chance to win the starting quarterback position by the media during spring practice or during the summer months, but as fall camp progressed, it became clearer to fans and other interested parties that Sims wouldn’t just hand the job to the highly touted newcomer.

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  • Instead, Sims relied on his previous four seasons of experience in the Alabama program and earned the start in the season opener. Against West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, Sims set a first start school record for completions and attempts, and has held the starting job ever sense.

    This season, Sims has 2,676 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He’s completed 187 of 301 pass attempts (62.1%). Sims has been even better at home.

    At Bryant-Denny Stadium, the senior has a 184.2 passing efficiency rating, has completed 67.3% of his passes and averages 257 passing yards per contest. He’s thrown for 1,542 yards with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions at home.

    Sims operates as a pocket passer in Kiffin’s system, but is also a threat to run. He’s athletic, can scramble when protection breaks down or receivers fail to get open, and has run for 279 yards and five touchdowns this year.

    Coker has seen action in six games. He is 38-for-59 (64.4%) for 403 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

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